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Make It : Hawaiian Quilt Paper Craft

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This Rice Paper Wall Art project is a great way for non-sewers to enjoy  Hawaiian quilting motifs, it's basically like cutting a paper snowflake. I found that rice paper worked best because of its strength and because it was thin enough to cut through after folding it several times. Here are templates for ti leaf, ginger flower, pineapple, and naupaka flower.


These botanical motifs, cut like paper snowflakes, pay tribute to Hawaiian quilts. You can frame a single cutout or an arrangement of them, in one color or in several.

1. Cut a piece of background paper (your choice) to fit inside the frame.

2. Map out the design: With a clear grid ruler and a pencil, lightly draw squares in any configuration to guide the placement of motifs.

3. Cut rice-paper squares to fit inside each marked space in the grid. Fold each square, following our preparing appliques how-to and using the ti-leaf template(resize it as needed to fit the folded paper triangle). Cut out motifs as directed, and unfold them. (If the creases are highly visible after unfolding, press them with a hot iron (no steam).

4. Coat back of motifs with a glue stick, and adhere each to background paper, using pencil lines on grid as guides. Using a clean eraser, remove any visible lines. Let dry. Insert finished work in frame.



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